Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Fisker Ocean Faces New NHTSA Recall Due to Water Pump Issue Causing Power Loss

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a significant recall for the Fisker Ocean electric vehicle (EV), highlighting potential failures in the water pump that could result in power loss.

This latest development impacts 7,545 vehicles manufactured between February 9, 2023, and March 13, 2024, across the 2023 and 2024 model years.

Fisker Ocean Electric SUV. (Credit: Fisker)

Recalls are a routine aspect of the automotive industry, often addressing isolated issues affecting a small percentage of vehicles. However, the unique nature of this recall is underscored by NHTSA’s estimation that 100 percent of the affected Fisker Oceans may experience the same critical defect, necessitating immediate attention from owners to prevent operational disruptions.

In addition to the water pump issue, owners are also urged to address a separate recall concerning potential door malfunctions that could pose safety risks by trapping occupants inside.

Credit: Fisker

Notably, a previous recall concerning power loss in the Ocean was successfully remedied through an over-the-air update implemented by Fisker, indicating ongoing efforts to address technical concerns promptly.

Despite efforts to enhance production quality, including contracting Magna Steyr for manufacturing, Fisker continues to face challenges in ensuring vehicle reliability. These developments raise broader questions about the company’s operational resilience, particularly amidst reported internal challenges exacerbated by external factors such as the global pandemic.

 

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